Taraji P. Henson reacts to charges being dropped against Jussie Smollett

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Investigators should look into the role of brothers Abimbola "Abel" Osundairo and Olabinjo "Ola" Osundairo, who are of Nigerian descent, attorney Patricia Brown Holmes said after prosecutors dropped all 16 charges against Smollett on Tuesday.

IL prosecutor Joe Magats said the charges were dropped because Jussie forfeited a $10,000 (£7,600) bond payment and carried out community service.

Mysteriously on Tuesday, the prosecutors dropped all 16 counts.

"FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago", Trump tweeted. "Based on all facts and circumstances of the case, and also keeping in mind resources and keeping in mind that the office's number one priority is to combat violent crime and the drivers of violence, I chose to offer this disposition in the case", Joseph Magats said.

"A case with the consequential effects of Mr. Smollett's should not be resolved without a finding of guilt or innocence".

We previously knew that police - while investigating Smollett's claim that two disguised people yelled anti-gay and racist slurs, hit him, poured bleach on him and put a noose around his neck - arrested the Osundairo brothers on February 13, interviewed them and then released them on February 15.

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Though the situation is under review, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx stood by the decision.

"Two and a half weeks later, they made the decision to voluntarily discontinue the action altogether", she said. But she says Smollett had no idea who attacked him until the brothers were later identified by police. "I believe this is a just outcome based on the circumstances", she told KABC Wednesday. He told a detective that at least one of the attackers was white, according to Chicago police.

He says the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice (DOJ) will be investigating.

But she said Smollett had no idea who attacked him until the brothers were later identified by police. The redacted report, released to the media under a freedom of information request, outlined the lengthy steps that had led to police charging Smollett.

The police files - some of which were redacted to remove witness names and personal information - lays out steps taken by detectives to get to the bottom of what happened the night of January 29.

"When asked if he would like to speak with police" ahead of his bail hearing later that day, "Smollett declined to answer questions", one of the reports says.

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